Kamloops-Thompson Cariboo NDP Elect New Federal Leadership
(Kamloops) The Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo Federal NDP elected a new Executive Committee which includes Bill Sundhu, who was the NDP candidate in the 2015 federal election. Sundhu was elected President at the local riding annual general meeting, after he had announced in late November that he would not be seeking the party nomination for the 2019 general election.
“I have undertaken significant personal and professional responsibilities and it seemed unfair if I were unable to not fulfil them” said Sundhu, a Kamloops lawyer, practicing criminal justice and international human rights law. “The needs of running an effective campaign cannot accommodate both.”
Sundhu, who also serves on the Board of Governors of UBC, said that it was not an easy decision because the NDP came close to victory in 2015.
The new Executive includes Sandra Bandura (Vice-President), Inga Thomson Hilton (Secretary), and Michael Crawford (Financial Agent), along with a full slate of table officers. The new executive is gearing up for candidate nomination in the New Year and election planning.
“This is a winnable riding” said Sundhu. “The lustre has worn off Justin Trudeau who said he’d do things differently, instead he’s broken many promises.”
New Democrats are focused on introducing policies that will help families and workers: national Pharmacare, a national industrial strategy to avoid the boom and bust cycle and GM-style plant closings, reducing student debt, universal childcare, closing tax loopholes and going after off-shore tax havens and money-laundering, actually getting infrastructure projects and affordable housing projects out the door, and putting Canadians to work in good-paying jobs.